South America is the fourth largest continent in area.
America is bounded by the Caribbean Sea to the northwest and north, the Atlantic
Ocean to the northeast, east, and southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
In the northwest it is joined to North America by the Isthmus of Panama, which
forms a land bridge narrowing to about 50 miles (80 kilometres) at one point.
Drake Passage, south of Cape Horn, separates South America from Antarctica. The
continent is divided into 12 independent countries and 2 other political units.
17,819,000 sq km -- 6,879,000
12 % of total land
Islands /Islas Malvinas
Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands